Hailey, 13, was last seen walking from her home to a friend’s house about 1 p.m. last Monday, according to police. She had intended to spend the night with her friend, Interim Police Chief John Bivins told Colorado City radio station KVMC/KAUM.
A reward for information leading to the teenager’s return started at $1,000 from the Colorado City Police Department, climbed to $4,500 and now stands at $10,000, according to Jim Baum, owner of KVMC/KAUM.
Because police do not believe Hailey has met with foul play, a statewide Amber Alert has not been issued.
According to an article posted Friday on the Colorado City Record website, Bivins said his department considers Hailey a runaway.
“That’s what the evidence shows at the time,” Bivins said.
But the more days Dunn stays missing, the concern continues to grow.
“To me, I think it’d be more than just considered runaway,” Mitchell County Sheriff Patrick Toombs told the Reporter-News on Sunday night. His agency has interviewed several of Hailey’s classmates to help Colorado City police. Toombs said Texas Rangers also have assisted in the case.
While Toombs said his agency was only assisting Colorado City, Hailey’s disappearance remains a mystery, he said.
“It’s really unknown,” Toombs said. He said he wasn’t aware that anything has been ruled out, calling some sort of abduction or coercion “still a possibility.”
“But, right now, we have not been able to confirm or deny that, of how she disappeared from town,” Toombs said.
However, the Mitchell County community, Baum said, is gravely concerned for the teen’s safety.
“The people who knew her and her character do not believe she’d just take off and run away,” he said. “It doesn’t fit.
“They feel like there is foul play.”
Baum said Hailey’s mother became alarmed about her daughter’s whereabouts when she did not return home Tuesday.
“It just wasn’t like her” to vanish, Baum said. “She is real popular with her teachers and with those she goes to school with.”
He said there were about 800 candles ready for the Sunday night prayer vigil, at which several ministers spoke and asked those attending to pray for Hailey, her family and “those she might be with.”
Hailey is 5-foot-1 and 120 pounds.
Her eyes are hazel and her hair is described as brown with blondish streaks.